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Running head: WHAT YOU PAWN, I WILL REDEEM1What You Pawn, I Will RedeemShelby ScottENG 125Professor Jessica Gunerson 20161107
WHAT YOU PAWN, I WILL REDEEM2The story “What You Pawn, I Will Redeem” by Sherman Alexie speaks of an Indian man named Jackson who could not seem to get his life together despite being given the opportunity. When someone is their own worst enemy, and cannot conform to the social norm, they become an outcast of society. This is precisely the struggle that Jackson was dealing with inthe story. Jackson has lost a lit in his life, most due to his own volition. In the lines below, we will discuss Jackson and his out of the ordinary behavior in the short story What You Pawn I WillRedeem. Jackson is a man with many demons to face if he wants to reconnect with past loved ones. The conflict in this story is Jackson vs himself. Jackson is, without a doubt, his own worst enemy. He continues to make the same mistakes and hopes for a different outcome. Beinga social misfit does not faze him. "Being homeless is probably the only thing I've ever been good at." (Alexie 2003). Jackson accepts his fate before it is properly decided and gives up before he even starts to better himself. He fills the voids in his life with toxic friendships and alcohol. It is as if his instincts are telling him that if he tried he will inevitably fail so he chooses to live his life outside of social normality’s because it comes easy to him. Jackson is the protagonist as he fights against himself. Throughout the story Jackson is trying to get enough money to buy back his grandmothers dancing regalia; however, his own demons get in his way on every exempt. His alcoholism is his biggest battle and he struggles